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PRESIDENT of the 64th Session
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United Nations, New York, 10 June 2010

Today, 11 June 2010, the United Nations General Assembly has elected by acclamation His Excellency Mr. Joseph Deiss of Switzerland to the office of President of the sixty-fifth Session of the General Assembly.

Earlier this morning, the President of the General Assembly H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, met with Her Excellency Micheline Calmy-Rey, Foreign Minister of Switzerland.

They exchanged views on a number of issues of peace and development on the United Nations agenda. The President briefed the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on the priorities of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly, including the ongoing work in preparation of the September 2010 Millennium Development Goals Summit, and other issues such as system wide coherence, reform of the Security Council and General Assembly revitalization. They also discussed the situation in the Middle East, particularly the humanitarian situation in Gaza, and underlined that a comprehensive peace in the Middle East was in the interest of all.

Emphasising the importance of development and multilateralism, they agreed on the need to mobilize continued efforts to strengthen the United Nations.

Later today, President Treki received Mr. Djibril Yipènè Bassolé, the joint African AU-UN Chief Mediator for Darfur. They discussed the situation in Darfur, Sudan particularly the ongoing mediation efforts. The President emphasized the importance of an urgent and concerted effort to achieve comprehensive and lasting peace in Sudan.

Yesterday, President Treki met with His Excellency Cesare Maria Ragaglini, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations. They discussed the upcoming High-Level Meeting on Trans-national Organized Crime.

Dr. Treki also met with His Excellency Tete Antonio, Permanent Observer of the African Union.

His Excellency Murad Askarov, Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations, paid a courtesy call to the President of the General Assembly.